Friday, February 15, 2019

DIY Balloon Installations and Video

One of the biggest party trends at the moment is giant balloon installations. I have created quite a few of these fun WOW moments over the past couple of years, and today I want to show you how to make your own. I’ve developed a new technique that I think makes the entire process SO easy and I think you’ll love it!

Here is a list of the products you’ll need:
·        Electric Balloon Pump
·        5” Balloons
·        11” Balloons
·        36” Balloons
·        Monofilament
·        Oversized Sewing Needle

You can watch my DIY video to see exactly how I make these installations look amazing! And don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube Channel for more DIY videos! 

They look great in any color!

I often work with other event planners in Memphis, doing installation work for them. It’s so fun to collaborate with other planners and really see their visions come to life. I recently installed some very fun items for a local event planner who specializes in Bar Mitzvahs and Bat Mitzvahs. This bat mitzvah was for a sweet girl named Eliza who loves all things PINK. This party was pink from beginning to end!

Eliza’s bat mitzvah was held at Memphis Botanic Gardens. They have a great atrium with tall ceilings and windows. So, to welcome Eliza’s guests to her party, we wanted a BIG statement. So, I created this balloon installation with all colors of pink balloons to hang from the ceiling. When you are making a big balloon installation, it’s important to use varying sizes and colors of balloons to create texture and depth. For this one, I used hot pink, pearl pink, pink confetti, and hot pink neon in 11 inch size. Then I added 5 inch balloons in pink and hot pink colors. And, of course we needed some big ones too! So, I chose giant pink latex balloons as well. I tied all these together using balloon tape! It’s SO easy! I promise that you can do it! 

This party had divided spaces for the adults and the kids. To lead the kids into their area, we lined the hallway with FORTY 36” pink giant confetti balloons. It really created a fun way to funnel the kids down into their party zone! And, it covered some of the art and plants in the hallway. I like all my big balloons to have fun tails, so I attached pink tissue fringe (in hot pink and light pink) to the tails to give them some extra fun. Then, I simply taped them down to the floor with duct tape.

At the door to the kids’ area, I hung silver foil curtains from the doors to make the kids feel extra special!  When they walked through the doors, into their party room, they were in their own dance club, complete with hot pink lighting and a fun DJ set up! Each of the kids’ tables also had a giant confetti balloon as the centerpiece.

 Behind the DJ, we wanted to do a fun focal point and to also cover up the not-so-pretty draperies. So, I covered all the draperies with more silver foil curtains.  And to bring in even more pink, I hung these paper dot garlands over the foil curtains. Once the lights went down, it was time to party in pink!
Happy 13th birthday Eliza!!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

{My Parties} Lachlan's Five Nights at Freddy's Pool Party

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Are your kids into Five Nights at Freddy’s? Five Nights at Freddy’s is a game that kids can play on their iPads. The premise is that the animatronics from a pizza place come alive after dark and try to scare the night watchman. I knew that this was the perfect theme for my 7 year old’s party this year because it is literally all he talks about these days! He even draws the characters when he is not playing the game.

Five Nights at Freddy’s has a lot of black and white checkered details, so that was the main inspiration for my party. You can make your own black and white checkered backdrop using a foam backdrop (I use construction insulation foam) and covering it with black and white checkered paper. Add some letter balloons in spray painted colors to match your party theme. I used “Let’s Party” because one of the characters (Chica) has that on her bib. Add your own DIY balloon garland using balloon tape and latex balloons in all colors! Don’t forget to use 5” and 11” inch balloons for texture and depth.

Around the front of the table, use this adhesive foil fringe table skirt. It sticks right to your table and removes with ease. On the front, I used a pizza garland that I made for a pizza themed party a few years ago, to bring in Freddie Fazbear’s Pizza Palace. Pizza Slice mylar balloons are the perfect way to mark the birthday boy’s chair too!

To set up your FNAF party table, use a simple cupcake stand and top it with a plastic top hat, just like Freddy’s hat. I added red duct tape to make it look just like his hat. I asked my friends at Smallcakes to make some cupcakes that look like Carl the Cupcake. The kids loved these and they made my birthday boy VERY happy.

 I designed these favor boxes using the Create-A-Favor box option on I chose a black and white checkered background and even customized the colors of my text. I added some graphics of a balloon (like Balloon Boy), and a top hat (like Freddy). Fill them with lots of fun stuff for the kids like bookmarks, stickers, bouncy balls, Tootsie pops, and gummy pizzas. Don’t forget the foil shred to fill them up. The favor boxes were also great for the kids to take home any prizes from the games.  I also created my own candy bar wrappers for the kids to take home. I called these Chica’s Chocolate.

To really give your party ambience, add fun window clings and signage. These Freddy window posters were perfect for our party. Since this was a pool party, I wanted the kids to know where the bathroom was, so I just wrote it on a FNAF jointed cut out. I used the FNAF cutouts to add extra decoration to the table, as well as some pirate hooks for Foxy’s hook.

Every good party needs fun games and I am going to show you three different fun options. The first game was called Foxy’s ring toss. I used those same pirate hooks and black checkered paper to make my own game for the kids. I used a big piece of cardboard and then covered it with black and white checkered paper. Then I hot glued the pirate hooks to it. The kids were able to throw rings at the hooks. 

The second game was a prize punch. Lachlan was SO excited for this one because it had his name on it. It’s easy to assemble and the kids had so much fun with it. I filled each hole with cute candies and toys from the dollar store. 

Our third game was the plastic wrap game. I wrapped up a ton of treats and toys and candy in a huge ball of saran wrap and each kid had 8 seconds to unwrap it as fast as they could to get a prize. It’s a super easy game and the kids loved it!

And lastly, it was time for the pool. And what’s a pizza party without a big old pizza float?

I’d love to see your FNAF parties! Tag me on Instagram! @greygreybritt 


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